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Who Are We Killing? It Seems a Good Question

by Pater Tenebrarum,

Is the Drone War Finally Questioned? Not Really …

Are drone strikes creating more enemies for America than they are killing extremists? That’s the question at the heart of new bipartisan legislation aimed at requiring the executive branch to issue an annual report detailing the combatant and civilian death toll from missile strikes by U.S. unmanned aerial vehicles.

Rep. Adam Schiff of California, a top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, and Republican Rep. Walter Jones of North Carolina, a frequent critic of “war on terrorism” policies, introduced the “Targeted Lethal Force Transparency Act.” The goal? Find out who is dying in drone strikes.”

After hundreds of civilian deaths and the enormous help they have reportedly provided to Al Qaeda’s recruitment drive in the regions concerned, it may indeed be time to wonder ‘who is actually killed’ by US drone strikes. The problem is especially acute in Yemen:

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